Sponsored Programs Topics from 5/26/11 Finance & Sponsored Programs Forum

Research topics from the May 26, 2011 Finance & Sponsored Programs Forum are summarized below.

Topics covered: SPA Staffing Changes; Update on Effort Certification Implementation; IRB Training Requirement; Survey of Forum Attendees in July; and, SVPR Website Transition


Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) Staffing Changes (Victor Sosa):

Public Investments in Agricultural Research Yield High Returns

A new report published by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that "even though standard economic approaches may be difficult to apply to evaluations of some research benefits of public investments in agricultural research, economic reasoning can provide qualitative analysis even when estimates of benefits are difficult to quantify."

NH Space Grant Consortium Celebrates 20 Years on June 2 with Astronaut, Demonstrations and More

With a proclamation from Governor John Lynch declaring Thursday June 2, 2011, as New Hampshire Space Grant Day, members of the New Hampshire Space Grant Consortium (NHSGC) and officials from the University of New Hampshire and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration - including keynote speaker former NASA astronaut Jeff Hoffman - will celebrate the consortium's 20 years of work dedicated to improving education and public awareness of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, particularly as related to our nation's space program.

IACUC Summer Meeting Schedule

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) has set its summer meeting schedule, available at http://unh.edu/research/iacuc-meeting-schedule.  

Please contact Julie Simpson (603/862-2003) in Research Integrity Services with any questions.

NSF Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences Has New Proposal Submission Process

The Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) of the National Science Foundation (NSF) is implementing an eight month cycle for proposal submission and will initiate new procedures, on a trial basis, for the submission and review of research proposals beginning in Fall, 2011.

The new deadlines for submitting proposals are:


September 06, 2011
May 21, 2012
January 28, 2013

What Works! in Entrepreneurship Conference Invites Presentations

What Works! 2011  -- The Future of Entrepreneurship and Community Development will bring together practitioners, researchers, educators, and decision-makers to address critical issues in promoting entrepreneurship in the U.S.  What Works! will take place September 18-20, 2011 in Philadelphia, PA.

New Training Requirement for IRB Applicants (Effective 9/1/2011)

The UNH Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB) is instituting a training requirement for any individual who submits an application for approval to use human subjects in research. 

White Papers Solicited by New Multi-Sponsor Collaboration for Assessing Mobile Health (mHealth) Interventions and Technologies

mHealth Evidence,  a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, McKesson Foundation, the National Science Foundation and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at NIH, is soliciting white papers on alternative test designs to the traditional randomized control trial that could be applied to Mobile health (mHealth) intervention research or on techniques for analyzing the rich longitudinal data sets that can be obtained from mHealth technologies.

NH EPSCoR Annual Conference, June 10, 2011 - Fostering Inclusive Interdisciplinary Research Across New Hampshire

NH EPSCoR will hold its annual conference on June 10, 2011 at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester.   This year's conference, "Fostering Inclusive Interdisciplinary Research Across New Hampshire,” features discussion on:

UNH Developers Share Honors for Oil Spill Response Tool

A Web-based oil spill response tool developed by the University of New Hampshire’s Research Computing & Instrumentation Center (RCI) has been honored as a finalist for the prestigious Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal. The tool – Environmental Response Management Application, or ERMA® – was developed in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the UNH/NOAA Coastal Response Research Center and was essential in coordinating the response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.


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